Back in January ArtAttack visited The London Art Fair, and we were delighted with what we saw. A real highlight was visiting Venet-Haus Galerie’s stand, filled with various works including spectacular sculptures by Dee Sands and exciting pieces by contemporary photographer Dieter Blum. We also had the pleasure of being greeted by the wonderful Managing Director Verena Schneider and her colleague Terence Carr.
The Venet-Haus Gallery was founded in 2007. The gallery focuses on comprehensive, contemporary painting and sculpture of international repute. Over the years, well-known artists like Dieter Blum, Günther Ücker, Bernar Venet and Dietrich Klinge have featured prominently. In 2013, the gallery came under the present management. They saw it as an exciting challenge to discover talented young artists, for example Johann Büsen, Kristian Evju or Barbara Anna Husar and promote them alongside the already established.
I had the chance to speak to Verena about the gallery, her advice for new collectors, and their future plans.
Have you always been interested in art?
Yes, my father and also my father-in-law have been interested in art since I was a little child. My father-in-law has one of the biggest art collections in the southern part of Germany.
Did you enjoy the London Art Fair?
Absolutely! Everyone was very nice and the fair was well organized. It was really interesting for us to see how the ‘British’ have seen our program. It is good to position the gallery in the international art world.
Can you tell us about Venet-Haus Galerie’s association with the renowned French sculptor Bernar Venet?
The gallery in the ‘Venet-Haus’ was founded in 2007 in Neu-Ulm, Germany. The gallery and the building adopted the name of the internationally renowned French sculptor Bernar Venet, because of the distinctive 37m high sculpture made of corroded corten steel by Bernar Venet, which is to be considered part of the complete building concept.
On the ground floor you’ll find the ‘Venet-Haus Gallery’ with its contemporary art. In the adjacent courtyard, the historical building called ‘Eisenbahnblockhaus’ is part of the former federal fortress, and the art pieces exposed therein form an integrated whole in the entrance location to the city centre.
We planned a zwiete installation with Venet; along with the establishment of the sculpture park next to the gallery arised a new office building. In front of this building can be seen one more impressive work of Bernar Venet since September 2015. So Bernar is not only a really well-known artist, he is also a good friend of the gallery.
Venet-Haus features well-known artists including Dieter Blum, as well as a variety of talented young artists such as Johann Büsen; how important is it to promote emerging contemporaries alongside the already established?
Primary market (emerging artists) is the most innovative part of the art process in terms of aesthetic values and trends. At the same time it also involves the highest risk for dealers and clients. On the other hand we have the established artists, who the galleries need to cement their positions in the art world. For example the important Art Fairs eg. Art Basel, Art Cologne etc. generally require that the applying galleries present the established artists to qualify.
At the same time everybody wants to own that ‘unique piece that no one has yet’ and that is to be found in the Primary Market. The Venet-Haus sees itself as having 3 major obligations, firstly to the gallery itself, this means we must remain financially solvent to uphold the next 2 obligations which are to the artists themselves and the gallery’s clients.
We think that we are able to fulfill our obligations best when we combine established and emerging artists. Our clients can decide whether to acquire established value or take a refreshing chance on buying a new name with a new idea. It is important because they are the next art generation.
What do you look for in potential artists for the gallery?
Authenticity, a belief in what he/she is creating, conceptual depth. For a long term relationship I look for reliability and a professional attitude of advantage. When it comes to the final choice one has to follow one’s instinct, and rely on one’s knowledge and experience.
What would be your advice for someone looking to make their first serious art purchase / start a new collection?
There are 3 reasons for starting a collection: Passion, Investment and Prestige. The latter two are secondary motivations. Passion will bring you personal success. Collect what you like and understand and continue to expand your knowledge.
Have you got any future projects / plans lined up?
Plans? Thousands… We want to position the gallery in the international art world; we started this year with the London Art Fair. We have so much art around us and only 365 days a year to present it. We have enlarged the Gallery Space and a Sculpture Park will be opened in Summer 2016.
– Harry Dougall
Galerie im Venet-Haus
Bahnhof Strasse 41
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